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Resources by Topic: Informal caregivers

Perspectives on Rural Caregiving Challenges and Interventions
Policy brief describing challenges and opportunities to support unpaid caregivers in rural areas, based on 34 interviews with 41 key informants, from October 2017 through February 2018. Highlights work that informal caregivers are doing and identifies policy levers that have been used to support them.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Megan Lahr
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Using Telehealth to Improve Home-Based Care for Older Adults and Family Caregivers
Describes consumer perspectives and policy concerns with telehealth. Includes examples of home telehealth strategies, potential benefits and challenges, and discussion of home telehealth coverage in federal and state programs, including the Veterans Health Administration, Medicaid, and Medicare.
Author(s): Winifred V. Quinn, Ellen O'Brien, Gregg Springan
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP Public Policy Institute
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Interdisciplinary Clinical Video - Telehealth for Geriatrics and Dementia
Highlights the development, implementation, and evaluation of an interdisciplinary telehealth program designed to help caregivers provide coordinated care for aging rural veterans suffering from dementia. Discusses the interdisciplinary team model comprised of social workers, geriatricians, primary care providers, and rural caregivers coordinating to maintain a uniform level of care. Includes outcomes regarding the increase of access to education and caregiver support, as well as the ability of providers to prescribe medication to rural patients.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Care Consultation Distances to Potential Caregivers: Weighted Population Estimates
Examines the population distributions in six North Dakota consultation areas served by care consultants at the Dementia Care Services Program (DCSP).
Author(s): Marilyn G Klug, Mandi-Leigh Peterson
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Respite for Rural Family Caregivers: Overcoming the Challenges
Discusses care recipients and their caregivers who live in rural and frontier areas. Offers suggestions to assist family caregivers, respite providers and administrators, and Lifespan Respite grantees in finding or developing respite resources.
Date: 10/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center
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North Dakota Dementia Care Services Program (DCSP): Caregivers' Attributes and Service Use
Discusses the North Dakota Dementia Care Services Program which works to increase caregiver knowledge about dementia and caregiving, and decrease caregiver stress. Number 2 in a four-part series.
Author(s): Marilyn Klug
Date: 10/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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The 2006 Report to the Secretary: Rural Health and Human Service Issues
Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on issues related to rural America. Examines three key topics: access to pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services, health information technology, and family caregiver support of the rural elderly.
Date: 01/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Jackson, Wyoming, September 18-20, 2005
Summary of a meeting addressing the following topics: family caregiver support for rural elderly, pharmacy assistance, and health information technology initiatives.
Date: 09/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Johnson City, Tennessee, June 12-14, 2005
Summary of a meeting addressing the following topics: family caregiver support for rural elderly, pharmacy services in rural areas, and health information technology in rural areas.
Date: 06/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Washington DC, March 20-22, 2005
Minutes from a National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services meeting addressing the following topics: health information technology, Medicare and access to pharmaceutical services, and support for rural caregivers.
Date: 03/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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